Defending Science News

Legislation Introduced to Force OSHA to Protect Workers from Diacetyl

June 13 - Legislation introduced today would require OSHA to issue an interim standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to diacetyl, and to set a permanent standard within two years.

David Michaels Urges EPA to Keep Conflicted Nominees off Asbestos Advisory Panel

May 24 – David Michaels submitted comments to the EPA Science Advisory Board, urging it to reject asbestos panel nominees who own or work for “product defense” firms.

Lack of OSHA Action Gets National Attention

April 26 – Two Congressional hearings (one featuring SKAPP’s David Michaels as a witness) and a front page New York Times article have focused attention on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s lack of action on several important workplace hazards.

SKAPP Advances Conversation on Strengthening FDA

February 23 - SKAPP held two events—a panel discussion featuring four former FDA Commissioners and an expert workshop—to advance the conversation about strengthening the FDA.

Scholars Issue Open Letter on FDA Reform

March 14 - A group of 22 experts on drug safety and regulation has issued an open letter to lawmakers asking them not to reauthorize the user fees system that finances the review of new drugs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"Strengthening the FDA" Panel Discussion & Workshop

February 8, 2007 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with protecting the U.S. food supply and ensuring that our drugs, biologics and medical devices are effective and safe. These responsibilities are constantly evolving along with changes in medicine, medical technologies, and food distribution systems. The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) is convening a meeting of experts to discuss ways that the FDA can be strengthened to meet the challenges it faces in the years ahead.

Draft paper on OSHA at 35 Open for Comments

January 9 - Michael Silverstein's draft paper "Getting Home Safe and Sound? OSHA at Thirty-five" proposes ways to improve worker health and safety in the US. SKAPP has posted the document online, and comments are welcome in the online discussion at The Pump Handle blog.

Susan Wood Urges FDA to Get "Back to Science"

11/11/06: In an op-ed in The Boston Globe, SKAPP research professor Susan Wood outlines problems at the FDA—including a lack of independent leadership, clear legal authority and adequate resources—and proposes solutions.

Scholars Promote “Sarbanes-Oxley for Science” and Other Solutions to Sequestered Science

10/10/06: SKAPP and the Duke University Law School have produced an issue of Law and Contemporary Problems dedicated to the topic of "sequestered science"; proposed solutions include "Sarbanes-Oxley for Science" by David Michaels.

SKAPP Asks FDA to Re-evaluate Diacetyl's Safety

9/12/06: SKAPP has petitioned the FDA to revoke the “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) designation for diacetyl, the artificial butter-flavoring chemical linked to severe lung illness in workers at microwave popcorn plants and other facilities.